The legendary director explains why The Mandalorian didn’t transition from a traveling bounty hunter into the Aragorn of the Star Wars universe
With the third season of The Mandalorian now in the books and fading into memory, fans are still reflecting on what might have been. And front and center of that debate is Din Djarin’s story arc. With Mando claiming the Darksaber in the climax of season two, the majority of us could be forgiven for thinking that he would go on to claim the throne of Mandalore somewhere down the line. However, as the curtain fell on season three, a very different path opened up for our hero.
With Din Djarin relinquishing the legendary blade and pledging his allegiance to Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze, all hope of a confrontation between the two faded into the ether. But according to Jon Favreau, a duel for the throne of Mandalore was never on the cards. Moreover, the visionary filmmaker has confirmed that the breadcrumbs for this departure from the “Aragorn” right of ascension storyline were there all along. We just didn’t read the signs!
Whilst speaking with IGN, Favreau opened up about Djarin’s destiny and explained that the weight of the Darksaber and Djarin’s struggle to wield it were the first signs that our hero would never claim the throne for himself.
“I think people expected Mando… He had the sword, he’s gonna take the throne. He’s gonna change from a travelling bounty hunter to Aragorn or something, and you felt like, ‘Oh, that seems like where you’re gonna go with it. But if you look at the clues, it actually hopefully, makes you reach the conclusion of where we went because if you notice from the first time he uses the Darksaber, it’s heavy for him. Even The Armorer tells him that.”
“Bo-Katan gets her hands on the Darksaber when Din Djarin’s trapped, and she uses it like a fencing foil. She coveted that Darksaber so much but, without thinking, gives it back to him before he wakes up. After she rescues him.
And so, what many may have expected to be a showdown between the two of them ends up with them both going for something very different and working together. And ultimately, all of the different Mandalorian groups coming together.”
We spoke with Jon Favreau in a roundtable interview recently and he opened up about season three. And he even touched upon the influences on Mando culture. What’s more, he even spoke to us about using legendary characters like Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett. Read the full interview here. Or better yet, listen to it here.
The first three seasons of The Mandalorian are streaming on Disney Plus now. But if your appetite is craving fresh Star Wars content, Dave Filoni’s new Ahsoka series kicks off on August 23rd. Be sure to check back regularly because we’ll be reviewing the series in its entirety and have some juicy content coming up. You’ll never miss a thing with Future of the Force.
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